NLICC WOMEN’S UPDATE 07.22.22
Focus for July: Confidence in the Midst of Trial
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
Psalm 139: 11-12
QUESTION OF THE MONTH
What frightens you the most in life?
If you feel so led, please send your response to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please respond under 700 words. We look forward to hearing from you!
Submitted by Nancy Haenlein
Hope is as vital to our physical body as it is to a healthy spiritI do have fears that I take daily, to the Lord for forgiveness and a Heavenly perspective.
It is comforting to know that even the darkness is not dark to my Lord and that darkness
and light are alike to Him. In reflecting during this month of July, I am very thankful to the Lord that I have always enjoyed the benefits of living in a nation that was built upon a Godly foundation. The history of government began in the Garden when God ordained self-government, and the Dominion Mandate. Biblical Civil Law was instituted when God gave Moses the Law around 1300-1500BC. The Gospel of Jesus Christ, however, instituted the Christian idea of man and government. The US Declaration of Independence states these Christian ideas in the preamble: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness—That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted by Men, deriving their just powers from the Consent of the Governed.”
I have confidence in God’s system of government where the pathway to Liberty lies
within each individual to govern himself according to the law and his conscience before
God. Christ’s teachings on politics and government are ones in which we can be
confident. These teachings are four fold and backed by Scripture.
1) God cares about the affairs of men and nations. (John 19:11 & Romans 13:1)
2) You are created by God, in His Image, for a purpose. (Matthew 22:17-21)
3) Government is for all men’s common good. (Matthew 20:25-28) Here it is emphasized that the purpose of civil government is to serve people, not rule over them.
4) Civil government and the church should be separate. Matthew 22: 17-21 Christ also had guidelines for resistance to tyranny. If history is of particular interest to you, I highly recommend, America’s Providential History, by Mark A Beliles and Stephen K. Mc Dowell. It is an excellent text for high school homeschoolers.
But no matter what nation we have grown up in, we may have confidence in the fact that Jesus is coming very soon. As the wise virgins who had enough oil in the lamps for the wedding feast, we must be ready with our spirits full of the Holy Spirit when He comes. Being full of the Spirit is not as much an idea of “striving’ but one of being surrendered to the only one who will keep us steadfast in faith till the end. (1 Corinthians 1:8) Corrie ten Boom felt there were 3 steps to being born of the Holy Spirit: Receive the gift of faith. Recognize the power of the Holy Spirit within you. Rely upon His Holy Spirit for victory over every temptation the Devil will throw in your path. As we read God’s Word daily and surrender to His Will, we may have confidence that He will not give us more than we are able to bear with Him. (1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear, but with the temptation will also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.”) And finally, if we have a need, we need only ask Jehovah jireh…the God who Provides. (Luke 11:9, 11, 13 “ I tell you, ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you……..If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”)
Vacation Bible School | July 18-22 | 8:50-12 noon
An enormous THANK YOU for all your support, encouragement, donations and prayers as VBS 2022 comes to a close. We had 126 children registered this year and an army of amazing adult and teen volunteers - we are so thankful for God’s provision! Please continue to pray that the truths learned this past week will take root and grow in the hearts of all who participated. To God be the glory! - Julie & Jen, on behalf of all the VBS Heads.
Prayer Shower for New and Expectant Mothers | Saturday, August 13th, 3-5pm | Fireside Room
Hello, ladies! You are all invited to a Prayer Shower for New and Expectant Mothers. Join us for Prayer, Snacks, and Fellowship as we pray for those eagerly anticipating new arrivals and those who have already welcomed their babies home! When: Saturday, August 13th from 3:00- 5:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room
(If you are expecting, please let NLICC Women’s Ministry know so we can honor you!) For more information you may contact Ileana Perez.
Contact | Ileana Perez
Reception for Steve and Nancy Marple | July 23rd from 3-5 pm | Room 100
Come celebrate Steve and Nancy’s marriage and get to know Nancy. Items still needed! Guys and gals invited! Questions? Contact Heather O’Hara or Julie Root.
Contact | Heather O’Hara or Julie Root
Summer Bible Study
There is a summer Bible Study meeting every other week through August 30. The study covers the first 7 chapters of Spiritual Depression: It’s Causes and Cure by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. The group will meet at the home of Lisa Capitano with a daytime session (10:30am-Noon) and an evening session (6:00-7:30pm). Please contact Lisa Capitano for more information.
Contact | Lisa Capitano
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All for His glory,
For the Women's Ministry Committee
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